Due to the spread of Corona Virus, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was held without the attendance of sport fans but instead, Kpop songs were played to filled the atmosphere.
Whenever a song was played as background music during the matches of the Olympic Games, Kpop’s “global fandom” around the world will become busy to record and post their SNS certifications that the songs of “My Singer” are played.
BTS songs proved their popularity for being played during all the synchronized and boxing games. It was made to the headline saying that a Japanese tennis player Osaka Naomi, the final igniter of the Olympics torch at the Tokyo Olympics, belong to the fandom ARMY of BTS when she appeared in the practice room with the BTS’s song “Dream Glow” played in the background. It is because compared to some hit songs that charted No.1 on Billboard such as “Dynamite” or “Butter”, this song is less popular. At the end, when ARMY followed Osaka’s SNS, they found out that she is actually a big fan of BTS.
In 2019, Osaka posted her certification of streaming for BTS’s song “Make It Right” on Twitter and also stated that “This song is the best song of this album (Map of the Soul 7)”. Last year, she also said that she had an Instagram account called “free hobi’s forhead”. Kpop fans have always been discussing whether they love their idols to have bangs covered hairstyle or the “pullback” hairstyle, which is without bangs and Osaka stated that she prefered BTS J-Hope with his “pullback” hairstyle.
Especially, at the Olympic Games this year, a medley of Kpop songs of EXO, BLACKPINK, TWICE, ATEEZ, STACY, Stray Kids, etc was played at the Tokyo Ariake Arena where they held the women’s volleyball matches. Fans have recoded and posted on SNS. During the volleyball match of Korean and Japan on August 1, whenever the Korean team scored a point the song “Dun Dun Dance” of Oh My Girl was played. Fans also showed proofs of other songs on their SNS such as Taeyeon’s “Weekend”, ENHYPHEN’s “Given-Taken” and Everglow’s “Dun Dun”.
The Sport Presentation Department (SPP) of the Olympic Organizing Committee said that the songs being played during the Olympic Games are considered to raise the excitement of the audiences and the morale of the athletes competing in the games. Some of the songs are required and selected by the players as the songs they want to listen to.